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Paper Mask (1990)

A lowly hospital orderly impersonates a recently deceased doctor and goes to work in the busy ER of a small hospital where he meets and befriends a nurse who slowly figures out his secret and helps him maintain his charade.

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John Collee (novel), John Collee (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McGann ... Matthew Harris
Amanda Donohoe ... Christine Taylor
Frederick Treves ... Dr. Mumford
Tom Wilkinson ... Dr. Thorn
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Celia Mumford
Jimmy Yuill ... Alec Moran
Mark Lewis Jones ... Dr. Lloyd
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Dr. Hammond
Alexandra Mathie Alexandra Mathie ... Beverley
Oliver Ford Davies ... Coroner
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Happy
Clive Rowe ... Ants
Robert Oates Robert Oates ... Head Porter
Karen Ascoe ... Alison
Dale Rapley Dale Rapley ... Dr. Simon Hennessey
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With the papers of a young doctor who died in a deadly accident, the ambitious male nurse Matthew manages to get hired as a doctor in the casuality department of an hospital in Bristol. Nurse Christine believes it's only his nervousness, which makes him "forget" the most basic procedures. But even her help cannot prevent that his lack of qualification soon has deadly consequences... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Rated R for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A papírmaszk See more »

Filming Locations:

Bristol, England, UK See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Collee wrote the screenplay based on his own 1987 novel "A Paper Mask." See more »

Quotes

Alec Moran: [discovering a medical skeleton in Matthew's bed] I don't know what you see in these skinny women.
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Referenced in Press Gang: UnXpected (1992) See more »

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The Great Pretender
Written by Buck Ram (uncredited)
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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will make you wince
8 November 2007 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A nifty little psychological thriller about a fake doctor in an English hospital. His first night on the emergency room is a tautly paced piece of film-making as he knows nothing about how to help accident victims, one who has a nasty looking cut on his hand and who the "doctor" ignorantly and with frightening incompetence, grabs the wrong way. It's wincing to watch. The movie doesn't take too much advantage of the most obvious situation, but delves into the hospital culture and relations among doctors, as well his relationship with a nurse. It's the girls all along that he really wanted, and being a doctor was a sure ticket to a more lively sex life. He was an orderly before, working in a hospital laundry room, and though quite intelligent (maybe he could have actually become a doctor the old-fashioned way), has a mean and devious streak in him, that one senior physician detects right off, but that eludes others. The movie could have gone for more shock value with his encounters with patients, but instead develops his weird character living a double life.


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